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Arianna Huffington leaves Huffington Post after 11-year run

Arianna Huffington founded the news site in 2005.

She will be focusing on her new health and wellness venture Thrive Global

Arianna Huffington, a prolific author and pundit who transitioned from well-known conservative to outspoken liberal before helping to reinvent journalism on the web, has proved once again that she is the maestro of second acts. On Wednesday, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post announced she was leaving the site to launch a new health and wellness venture.

The move comes just a year after her namesake site had celebrated its 10th anniversary—and become part of Verizon Communications following its $4.4 billion purchase of AOL, which acquired the Huffington Post in 2011 for $315 million. Though the sprawling, global property has never been consistently profitable, it has grown into one of the largest news and information sites on the web, and in 2012 became the first digital-only publication to win a Pulitzer Prize.

Questions about Huffington's future at the publication and whether the left-leaning site would be a good fit with Verizon appeared to have been answered when she signed a four-year contract last June.

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